Guide to Film Movements (History of Art Cinema)

As a result of not being able to find any complete, detailed or concise list of all film movements on Letterboxd, I decided to make one my self. There are usually five important works for each film movement and are placed chronologically. Exceptions are some of the bigger waves.


*Read notes* is essential for more information about movements, directors and works.


„ A film movement is a wave of films usually following a particular trend in cinema of the time. Most trending movements in cinema are regional but influence world cinema. These films have cultural origins usually influenced by national tragedy, popular culture, or social issues. " [1]


Notable terms: The Seventh Art, Film Studies, Film Industry, World Cinema, Art Film, Experimental Film, Auteur.


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  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The Dancing Pig
  • The Student of Prague
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Nosferatu
  • Metropolis
  • M
  • I Accuse
  • La Roue
  • Ménilmontant
  • Napoleon
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Strike
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Earth
  • L'Atalante
  • Grand Illusion
  • Port of Shadows
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Children of Paradise
  • Ossessione
  • Rome, Open City
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Umberto D.
  • Journey to Italy
  • Pather Panchali
  • The Cloud-Capped Star
  • The Big City
  • Charulata
  • A River Called Titas
  • A Generation
  • Kanal
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • Mother Joan of the Angels
  • Knife in the Water
  • La Pointe-Courte
  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • The 400 Blows
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Breathless
  • Jules and Jim
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Le Samouraï
  • Crazed Fruit
  • Pigs and Battleships
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Pale Flower
  • Onibaba
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • Funeral Parade of Roses
  • Eros + Massacre
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • Vengeance Is Mine
  • Rio, 40 Degrees C.
  • Barren Lives
  • Black God, White Devil
  • The Guns
  • São Paulo, S.A.
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  • This Sporting Life
  • Billy Liar
  • The Servant
  • The Small World of Sammy Lee
  • Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  • Cathy Come Home
  • if....
  • Kes
  • Arnulf Rainer
  • Wavelength
  • T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G
  • Zorns Lemma
  • Hapax Legomena I: (nostalgia)
  • Diamonds of the Night
  • The Shop on Main Street
  • Loves of a Blonde
  • Daisies
  • Closely Watched Trains
  • Three
  • When I Am Dead and White
  • I Even Met Happy Gypsies
  • Early Works
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Easy Rider
  • The Godfather
  • American Graffiti
  • The Long Goodbye
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Jaws
  • Taxi Driver
  • Network